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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mid-Century Modern Update from Washington, Missouri

The historic mid-century Patke's Dairy building at 1805 Fifth Street in Washington, Missouri is now for sale (see listing here). The dairy had been owned and operated by the Patke family at that location for over 50 years. There is a great sign in front, too.

Also in Washington, the Bank of Washington has completely refurbished the swanky sign that advertised their drive-through lanes. Unfortunately, the bank grossly altered its 1950s-era building. The bank added two floors to the two-story streamline building and clad the expanded building in a common, confused proto-classical envelope. However, it's good that the sign is back!


Unknown said...

That's a 50s era building? Wow. I would say it's a nice looking building, but knowing what it should be makes me feel otherwise.

MattHurst said...

My mom worked at Patke's when she was growing up, so I have fond memories of stopping in the shop for ice cream when I was a kid. Inside the building is lined with refrigerator cases for daily goods, and the ice cream was hand-made.
I can still picture Mr. Patke showing us how he could wiggle his nose and ears. Thank you for sharing these pictures!